Acorn Digital Learning (Online School)
Special needs catered for
Acorn Digital Learning provides real-time online teaching for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 young people requiring an alternative learning environment - those who currently find themselves without access to a school setting, or who are unable to attend school for medical, mental health, anxiety or behavioural reasons.
Our easily accessible education service is available to learners who are studying from home, school, in the community or any other setting. All the students need is a laptop or computer with a stable internet connection.
Acorn Digital Learning offer:
• Bespoke timetables
• Consistent presence of teachers and peers
• Individual study and breakout sessions
• Bridging learning gaps and ‘anytime, anywhere’ flexibility
• Tailored learning solutions
Support services provided
The Digital Classroom:
• Progress is digitally captured with learning and progress continually monitored
• Lessons are just as interactive as those in a conventional classroom
• Those unable to engage with a traditional school environment for whatever reason can build on their confidence, feeling relaxed in a safe and secure environment
• The curriculum offers a wide range of learning from foundation right through to GCSE level
• Teachers create engaging and informative lessons, capturing attention and making learning enjoyable
• Using webcams and microphones, students are provided with the opportunity to mix and interact with peers and teachers
Each lesson will have up to 15 children and young people present in the virtual classroom who have chosen the same KS2, KS3 or KS4 course.
Children and young people with additional needs will often learn best when they are presented with topics that are visually stimulating and engaging, which is why we try to make each lesson a high-quality, interactive experience, with all of our subject specialist teachers bringing their courses to life through wide-ranging teaching strategies and techniques.
Through the potential to use two-way voice, chat and video communication as well as an interactive whiteboard that all students can use simultaneously, there is a real sense of engaged and involved learning throughout.
Advancements in digital technologies means that distance learning is now a truly collaborative experience.
Our real-time digital classrooms replicate the level of sensory engagement that you would see in standard school environments.
Much like attending a traditional school setting, our students can look forward to meeting their friends online from previous lessons and build relationships with their teachers and peers.
Aims and philosophy
We are passionate about what we do, how we work with our students and transition them onwards; working personally with each one to unlock their interests, enthusiasms and future aspirations whilst navigating them through to successful completion of end of key-stage tests and examinations. For some, we continue to support their learning alongside colleagues during their return to mainstream or into other alternative provisions, whilst others we help move onwards to apprenticeships, college placements and the work place.
Our approach is “student centred” and “educational relationship” focused, being attachment aware and using trauma informed practices in everything we do.
We are building our learning community where every individual is valued for what they can offer. We recognise and nurture the unique nature of each of our students and together, we enable them to make choices, benefit from opportunities and develop the strength of character and resilience to overcome any barriers in their way.
Staff qualification and selection
Teaching staff across Acorn Digital Learning bring with them an abundance of experience and deep subject specialism knowledge. Because they are eternally passionate about what they do, each teacher knows how to bring the best out of their students in an online classroom environment.
At Outcomes First Group we make a real commitment to training and developing our staff. Our training is focussed on the needs of the specific services as well as the individual employee and the company. We recognise that training, learning and developing our staff is key to delivering high quality services and to the success of our company.
Our commitment is to guarantee that all employees complete mandatory, refresher and specialist training and have the opportunity to undertake developmental training opportunities.